About the project
To explore with members of the public, their views in regard to bioenergy, and consider those views in our strategy and policy development in bioenergy.
To pilot a novel approach to public dialogue, to develop an ongoing, informed discussion between ourselves, our research community, the public and other stakeholders, around bioenergy research.
- To facilitate discussions between the BBSRC scientific community involved in bioenergy research and members of the public
- To identify public views, concerns and aspirations about the science, social implications, and ethics of bioenergy research
- To raise awareness within BBSRC of the needs and views of the public in relation to bioenergy
- To inform our strategy and policy setting around bioenergy
- To disseminate our findings to key stakeholders, for example, the government
- To develop and test a novel, flexible model of dialogue for discussion of complex issues that enables engagement with a large group of people nationwide
A 'Bioenergy Dialogue Toolkit' was developed to help those running events. It was designed to generate discussion on the impact of bioenergy on society.
The toolkit includes resources such as 'Future scenarios' and the Democs card game. It comes with guidelines to help plan an event and explanations on how to use the resources.
As part of the project, a number of public dialogue events, were run by BBSRC bioenergy researchers and other interested groups.
- 30 September 2013 - STEAM, Swindon
- 24 September 2013 - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath
- 9 September 2013 - Showroom Café Scientifique, Sheffield
- 30 August 2013 - University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter
- 18 July 2013 -University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Cornwall
- 13 June 2013 - Arts Centre Bar, University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth
- 8 June 2013 - Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge
- 6 June 2013 - Rothamsted Research
- 25 April 2013 - Nottingham University, Nottingham
- 24 January 2013 - Dana Centre, London
Emma Longridge, Public Dialogue and Accountability Officer
tel: 01793 413302